Valentine's Day Massage

Valentine’s Day Spa Specials!

Valentine's Day Massage

Twice as Nice at a Sweet Price

Give the gift of massage. Come with a special someone, buy two for him or her, or have two for yourself – you choose!

Two 60-Minute Massages for $145

*Both services must be completed in February. Offer and massages expire 2/29/16.  May not be combined with other discounts.


Don’t wait – book your appointment now before they fill up!

Runner's Bootcamp

New Runners Bootcamp

Runner's Bootcamp

Learn how to improve your running form and incorporate strength training into your workout routine to ensure you finish strong. This 12-week program will make sure you’re in shape for the Shamrock Shuffle or any other spring racing event you have coming up! For more details or to sign up, contact Joe Levita at

Valentine's Parents Night Out

Valentine’s Day Parents’ Night Out – Sunday, 2/14; 4 – 7:30 PM

Valentine's Parents Night Out

Take some time for yourselves and leave the kids with us! Drop off is from 4 – 4:30 PM, pickup is at 7:30 PM. A Valentine’s Day craft will be featured, along with some other fun surprises. Contact Austin Martin at for more info. Must register by 2/9 at 10 PM. Receive a 10% discount if you bring a guest! Club tab will be accepted as a payment option.


  • 1 Child – members $20, guests $25
  • $10 each additional child

6 mo. – 9 yrs old

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff!

Welcome New Staff

Please give warm welcomes to the newest level two Master Personal Trainer, Julian Ruiz. And welcome back to our FFC East Lakeview family Ilana Faust, who returns as our new Pilates Coordinator. Make sure you say hi to them both next time you’re in the club!

Health Checkup Saturdays

February Health Check Saturdays

Health Checkup Saturdays

We understand that many of us are too busy to regularly see our doctors, so we have partnered with area health providers, along with our own staff of fitness professionals, to provide complimentary health and wellness screenings right here in the club.


February 6

NovaCare Injury Screens: 8 AM – 12 PM

Men’s Health Chicago Low Testosterone Screenings: 9 AM – 1 PM

FFC Nutrition Solutions Nutrition Q&A Table 10 AM – 2 PM

FFC Personal Trainers Blood Pressure & Body Fat Testing: 10 AM – 2 PM


February 13

Howard Brown Health HIV & STI Testing: 10 AM – 2 PM

FFC Personal Trainers Blood Pressure & Body Fat Testing: 10 AM – 2 PM

American Academy of Dermatology Skin Cancer Screenings: 2 – 5 PM


February 20

FFC Personal Trainers Blood Pressure & Body Fat Testing: 10 AM – 2 PM

FFC TriMonster Running Analysis: 11 AM – 3 PM


February 27

Spex Optical Vision Screening 9 AM – 12 PM

Center on Halsted HIV Testing: 10 AM – 2 PM

FFC Personal Trainers Blood Pressure & Body Fat Testing: 10 AM – 2 PM


January Spa Specials – Good Things Come in Threes!


When it comes to your well-being, consistency is key.  For example, if you exercise twice a year only when the moment strikes you, you may experience some minor benefits, but the effort and soreness probably wouldn’t leave you feeling all too positively about your experience. On the contrary, working out several times a week will certainly yield positive results both physiologically and psychologically.  Similarly, your complementary care practices, such as receiving massage therapy regularly, will help you to recover from exercise more quickly and reduce pain and inflammation.  Monthly facials can offset environmental and dietary stresses which often present themselves through the skin in the form of acne, redness, and dryness.

Whatever you choose for your workout routine this year, make sure to offset any negative side effects with complementary therapies that will keep your exercise habits consistent and achieve maximum results!

This month at the Spa at FFC:

30 Minute Workout Recovery- Adding a massage after your workout helps you condition better and recover faster.  Three 30-Minute Massages $164 (regularly $180) – all clubs. 


Peel Back the Years – Gentle but effective facial peels help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture.  Three Peels $265 (regularly $300) – Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park & West Loop only.


Protect Your Hands & Feet from Winter Dryness – Three Spa Manicures for $60 (regularly $75) or Three Spa Pedicures for $115 (regularly $135) – Lincoln Park & Union Station only.

Book now!


Holiday Shopping Club – 12/18; 3 – 8 PM





Shop til you drop! Leave the kids with us on Saturday, December 18 and get that holiday shopping out of the way from 3 – 7:30 PM. Non-members are welcome!

  • Members: $30 1 child, $40 2 children, $5 additional child
  • Non-Members: $35 1 child, $45 2 children, $10 additional child

For more information and to RSVP, email Austin Martin at



Holiday Spa Packages – Things Are Better in Pairs


Not sure what to get your loved one for the holiday or just need a little “me time” in December? Take advantage of one of our spa packages!  You can even gift one and keep one for yourself. Enjoy a relaxing or deep tissue therapeutic massage and a facial that will get your skin looking bright and fresh just in time for the holidays. Choose from the following three options:

  • A Winning Combination:  60-Min Massage & 30-Min Facial Package for just $125 (reg. $150)
  • The Perfect Pair:  60 Min Massage + 60 Min Facial for just $150 (reg. $180)
  • Two of a Kind:  Two 60-Min Massages or Two 60-Min Facials for just $150 (reg. $180)

*Special prices available until December 31, 2015.  No two discounts apply.  Packages expire one year from date of purchase.  

Move2Win Winners

Congratulations To Our Move2Win Winners!

Move2Win Winners

Firstly, we’d like to congratulate all participants for a great challenge. You definitely showed us you could move this past month of October!

We’d also like to extend a huge congratulations to our winning Move2Win club, FFC Old Town! Way to log those miles! And a congratulations to runner up club FFC Union Station!

Finally, we’d also like to recognize the grand prize winner and top performers of each club. Congratulations to Jonathan Douglas, of FFC Halsted Street, who was pulled as the grand prize winner from the top performers. Great job everyone!

Club Top Performers

  • East Lakeview – Annette Strenge
  • Gold Coast – Noel Troost
  • Halsted Street – Jonathan Douglas
  • Lincoln Park – Eric Acton
  • Oak Park – Jason Schvach
  • Old Town – Brittney Neice
  • South Loop – Chris Kucik
  • Union Station – Brian Schmidt
  • West Loop – Adam Hii
Lightened Up Thanksgiving

A Message From The RDs: Lighten Up Your Thanksgiving

Lightened Up Thanksgiving

Fall is in full swing, and the reality of food-related temptations has definitely set in. Hopefully your Halloween candy is out of the house, and the fridge is full of fresh fall vegetables in preparation for the next holiday – Thanksgiving! What better time to practice giving thanks for the food in front of us, and being mindful of what we choose to consume?

I asked the team at FFC Oak Park to share their favorite Thanksgiving dishes, and then I provided tips for how to lighten the calories, fat, and sugar in each. Happy reading!

Green Bean Casserole

Most families add cream of mushroom soup and crunchy, fried onions on top, adding so much fat and calories that the nutrients from the green beans is mostly minimized.

  • Lighten It Up: Make green beans the star of the dish, instead of hiding them in other ingredients. Steam green beans quickly to maintain nutrients, and then top with simple ingredients, such as lemon, garlic, and sliced almonds for crunch.
  • Nutrients in Green Beans: Vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Fiber

Mashed potatoes and Gravy

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, another dish overcome by fat and calories. I always say “it’s not potatoes that are the problem, it’s what we do to potatoes that makes them unhealthy.”

  • Lighten It Up: Swap out white potatoes and enjoy the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes by combining them with cinnamon, pecans, and a little bit of brown sugar. Adding an egg can help the structure of the casserole, and also provide healthy fat to help your body absorb the Vitamin A in the vegetable.
  • Nutrients in Sweet Potatoes: Fiber, Vitamin A


Another Thanksgiving staple, yet full of carbohydrates and fat. Most of the fat comes from the turkey, which transfers to the stuffing as you you cook it inside the bird.

  • Lighten It Up: Slash calories by cooking the stuffing outside of the turkey in a baking dish. Additionally, try using a higher fiber bread (such as whole grain or sprouted grain) if you’re open to a new texture.
  • Nutrients in Stuffing: Fiber and other specific nutrients depending on which vegetables you include (think: onions, peppers, celery, and herbs!)

Pumpkin Pie

You may be too full to get off the couch, but it’s still hard to resist dessert.

  • Lighten It Up: Use the same flavors profiles found in lighter dishes and serve them in bite-size portions (great for tasting, but not overindulging.) Examples are adding pumpkin puree to an energy bite recipe, or oatmeal cookies.
  • Nutrients in Pumpkin: Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, other antioxidants

​No matter what you decide to consume on this holiday, make sure to remember and follow these hunger cues: eat what you want, when you’re hungry, and in quantities that your body needs.​


Chicago Sport and Social Club


We’re taking it indoors this season! For a limited time only, Chicago Sport and Social Club is offering $100 off Indoor Soccer team registrations at The PrivateBank Fire Pitch. Sign your team up by November 15 using the code “friendly”. Go for the goal and save some green!  

Visit for more information and to sign up. #ItsWhatChiDoes


Get Ready For The Holiday Season With Ortanic!


Save the orange for the leaves and pumpkins!  Custom Airbrush Tanning will highlight all your best assets to compliment your cooler-weather wardrobe (and get you ready for all those holiday parties.)

November Ortanic Exclusive: get up to 5 Tans in for just $100!!  (Regularly a $235 value!) Book your appointment now by visiting our website or call 877-678-2642.

*You pay $100 up front and may tan up to 5 times within 30 days of purchase.  Offer ends 11/30/15.  No two discounts apply.

Chicago Physical Therapy

Complimentary Injury Screenings for November By NovaCare

Chicago Physical Therapy

Prepare for the upcoming cold-weather months with one of our complimentary injury screenings! Visit any of the locations below at the specified time during the month of November.

  • Oak Park FFC – Nov 12 5-7 PM
  • Halsted FFC – Nov 17 1-3 PM
  • East Lakeview FFC – Nov 10 5:45-7:15 PM
  • Union Station FFC – Nov 18 12:30-2:30 PM
  • West Loop FFC – Nov 18 4:30-6 PM
  • South Loop FFC – walk in (Monday/Wednesday 7 AM – 7 PM, Tuesday/Thursday 11:30 AM – 8 PM and Friday: 7 AM – 3 PM
  • Lincoln Park FFC – walk in (Mon/Tues/Thurs 11:30-8 PM and Wed/Fri 7-3:30 PM)

Closed on Thanksgiving

Coat Drive at FFC

Donate to the Heartland Alliance Coat Drive! Nov 1 – Nov 30

Coat Drive at FFC

Share the Warmth!
This November, FFC will be helping to collect your new or gently used winter coats, snow boots, hats, scarves and mittens. We have partnered Heartland Alliance, the Midwest’s leading anti-poverty organization, to distribute winter clothing items to recently arriving refugee families. Please help make their transition to a new life in Chicago a little warmer.

Collection sites will be located in the lobbies of the following club locations: FFC Gold Coast, FFC West Loop, FFC Lincoln Park, FFC Oak Park. We will be welcoming items through the end of November. To learn more about the Heartland Alliance organization and mission, visit


Join the FFC Team at the CF Climb Challenge 2015


On Sunday, November 8 at 8 AM join the FFC team at the CF Climb stairclimb challenge! Sign up now to participate: FFC members enjoy free enrollment ($35 savings) in the 2015 CF Climb this Sunday, November 8 to climb up 58 floors (1,200 steps!) of the 300 N. LaSalle building while helping to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!

Register online at

There is a $200 fundraising minimum.

Seasonal Spa Special

Spa Specials: This Holiday Season, Spend Some Time on Yourself


Seasonal Spa Special

SAVE $30!  This month, spend some time on yourself before you get swept up in the holidays: members will enjoy our 90-Minute Vitality Massage Treatment for only $110 (regularly $140)

Our Vitality Massage Treatment effectively eases cold weather aches, increases joint mobility, and reduces pain and inflammation from exercise and overuse.

*Offer ends 11/30/15.  Both services must be received by December 15.  No two discounts apply.


attention members

Construction Update


attention members

The elevator will still be under construction through the month November.
The NYPR group will tentatively be finished with the modernization of this part of the building in early December. If needed, members should feel free to ask the front desk for assistance in being escorted through the residential tower to take alternate elevators up to the 2nd and 3rd floors. Please direct any questions to

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff!

Welcome New Staff

Please join us in extending a warm FFC Family welcome to our newest staff additions to FFC East Lakeview!

Rimgaile Lukosiunaite, Personal Trainer

Humberto Vigil, Maintenance Technician


Prenatal Fitness Program Schedule for November


Join us in the Pilates Studio for exercises with a Pre/Post-Natal Specialty Certified Instructor and learn exercises that will:

  • Help reduce aches and pains
  • Provide stability and support for your baby
  • Manage healthy weight gains
  • Promote a healthier pregnancy and a swifter recovery after giving birth


  • Prenatal Pilates – Sundays at 11 AM
  • Prenatal Strength Training – Wednesdays at 6:30 PM


  • Members: $224 for 8 classes
  • Non-Members $304 for 8 classes

To register, contact Madeleine Hart at

Pilates Open House

Pre Turkey-Day Pilates Open House – 11/19

Pilates Open House

This Thanksgiving season, the ‘Pilates Posse’ would like to show their gratitude to the members of FFC East Lakeview by GIVING our members some pre-Turkey Day complimentary class on the Pilates apparatus. If you have never tried the Pilates equipment, then this is the perfect opportunity.

Join us Thursday, 11/19 for either 1 PM, 7 PM or 7:30 PM session in the Pilates Studio. Try something new – your body will thank you!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Jason Berkenstock, FFC East Lakeview’s November Member of the Month! We asked Jason about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

Membership at FFC means being fully and wholeheartedly committed to my personal health and well-being.   I have been in the very best physical condition since joining FFC when I moved to Chicago 3 years ago.

When at FFC you will find me…

On the treadmill, on the arc trainer, or with the free weights.  I love a good cardio interval session.  In addition, you will find me at least once a week training with John Beale.

I work out to…

Any really good beat on my iTunes. Or to the soothing sound of John Beale’s voice!


Boxing Bootcamp with Joe Dankowski


Come learn the skills of boxing and get a killer workout in at the same time! Participants will be taught how to properly spar and punch the heavy bag. $120 for 4 classes, $215 for 8 classes.

Class Times:

  • Tuesdays at 8 PM
  • Saturdays at 10 AM

For more information or to sign up for this boot camp, email Joe at

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff!

Welcome New Staff

We’re extending a warm FFC Family welcome to the newest additions to our personal training staff. We’d like to introduce Amy Fanella, Christophe Le Nicol and Joshua Heinsz! Make sure to stop by and say hi during your next visit.

zombie zumba

Zombie Zumba – Saturday, October 31

zombie zumba

Dress in costume and join us in Studio 2 for a special Halloween 75-minute Zumba class on Saturday, October 31 at 12:00 PM. After class we will have snacks and refreshments available. A $50 FFC gift card will be awarded to the best costume!

Bright Pink

TGIF for Bright Pink – Friday, October 9

Bright Pink

Help us raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and support for Bright Pink on Friday, October 9! Wear pink to your workout and help raise money for Bright Pink. We will donate $1 for every member or guest that wears pink to FFC East Lakeview on October 9. You can also donate to Bright Pink directly by visiting this link.

attention members

Construction Update: Elevator Reconstruction

attention members

Beginning next Monday, October 5 through December 4, the New York Private Residences will be doing extensive work to modernize and improve the elevator that services our health club. During this time, the elevator in our club will not be available for members to use. However, we will have access to take members who cannot use the stairs though the New York building up to the third floor. We ask that members who need to use the elevator please allow extra time during this period.

All FFC East Lakeview members will have access to any other FFC location during this time. For more information regarding this work, please direct your questions and concerns to General Manager Jason Hammers.

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to William Fox, FFC East Lakeview’s October Member of the Month! We asked William about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

FFC East Lakeview is my home away from home. The staff are terrific, the facility is amazing, and the classes are superb. FFC is a place that motivates me to stay fit.  

When at FFC you will find me…

Any number of places: in the pool, on the stationary bike, on the treadmill, lifting weights or in studio 2 for the Urban Athlete class with John Beale.

I workout to…

To maintain a high level of fitness and keep up with my triathlon training program. The other benefits are looking good and feeling good.


Move2Win Complimentary Session Calendar


Get yourself in motion and join us for a complimentary session to boost your mileage for our Move2Win competition!

Kick things off with a special M2W Kick-Off Challenge happening all day Thursday, October 1: the participant that logs the most mileage on Day 1 will win a $25 FFC gift card!

Then, take a look at our weekly events calendar for the rest of October!

  • Monday: Move It Mondays Cardio Workout Challenge (pick up at any time to complete on your own)
  • Tuesday: Pilates & Plyometrics from 6:30 – 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday: Pilates Chair Circuit from 9:30 – 10 AM
  • Thursday: Tread & Shred from 12 – 12:45 PM
  • Friday: Freaky Friday Zumba from 7 – 7:45 AM
  • Saturday: HIIT Bootcamp from 1 – 2 PM
  • Sunday: Sunday Runday from 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Let’s Face It Facial Package

Summer is coming to a close and the change of seasons presents the perfect time to renew your skin from the damage of summer sun, heat, and humidity. Toxins in your body are excreted through the skin – which can leave you with impurities, discoloration, and fine lines & wrinkles.  Regular facials and peels assist in the regeneration of new skin cells and help to reverse the damage caused by nature’s elements, imbalanced nutrition, excess perspiration and other irritants.

4 Seasons Facial Package

Make a commitment to your skin’s health – purchase our new 4 Seasons Facial Package which includes four 60-minute facials, plus one FREE (5 total!) facials for $325*. Only $65 per treatment!

Fit For A Man Facial

Facials aren’t just for women – learn about the benefits of our treatments and take advantage of our Fit for a Man Facial for just $70* (regularly $85!)

*Offer Expires September 30, 2015.  No two discounts apply.


Also, ask us how to save $20 per visit on facials!


spa specials

75 Minutes of Summer Spa Special

FFC September Spa Offers
It’s that time of year again….the kids (or maybe you, too!) are headed back to school and the carefree days of summer have dwindled down to an end.  Or maybe you are finally getting back to the grind after taking it easy with half-day Fridays and beach vacations.  But hold on — it’s not over yet. Summer is a state of mind!  We’ve made a way for you to create some time for yourself AND still have plenty of hours left to take care of all your other day-to-day concerns.

Spend just 75 minutes in our spa, daydream about lazy summer days and let your body find the relaxation and tension free zone it deserves….our Signature Massage is designed to do just this.  Custom aromatherapy will ground your spirit, and therapeutic massage will work out the kinks in those tired, sore muscles, leaving you feeling refreshed. Try this 75 Minutes of Summer escape in September for just $89* (reg. $105).  
*Offer Expires September 30, 2015.  No two discounts apply.

kettlebell workout

Kettlebell Bootcamp

Beginning September 28, join us for a workout that will shake up your regular routine. Learn how to use the kettlebell to enhance and improve your workouts to help increase strength and build endurance. The class is designed for all fitness levels.

Bootcamp starts 9/28 and will run 8 weeks, every Monday and Thursday from 7 – 8 PM. Each weekly single day session is $215, or you can purchase both weekly days for a total of $430. Class will be held in the Community Room, participants will meet on the 2nd floor fitness area by the kettlebells. Contact Alena Scarver at to for more details and to sign up.

Children's Group Swim Lessons

Children’s Group Swim Lessons

Does your child need to learn to swim or do you want to them to work on improving their skills in the pool? Classes are enrolling now for our fall Children’s Swim Lessons. Enrollment forms and information available at our front desk. For more information about classes, email our Swim Instructor, Steve Thomas, at

Fall Session 1: September 12 through October 22

Fall Session 2: October 24 through December 10 (no class week of November 23-29)

  • Moms, Pops & Tots: 3:30-4:00pm
  • Beginners: 4:00-4:30pm
  • Adv. Beginners: 5:30-5:00pm
  • Swim Club: 5:00-6:00pm

Classes run Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Group Swim Lessons are $120 per session (6 weeks) or $25 per class for drop in rate.

Swim Club is $240 per session (6 weeks) or $45 per week for drop in rate.

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff!


FFC East Lakeview would like to extend a huge “Welcome to the FFC Family!” to our new personal trainers Brook Sebek, Pedrag Ristic, Joey Gilmore, Brad White, Alex Rayburn and Joe Levita. Learn more and set up a free 30 minute consultation here!
We’d also like to welcome new Pilates Trainer Eileen Havlik, new Fitness Specialist Drew Holt, new Group Fitness Instructor David Hale, and new Member Services Representative Zeke Sprague! Learn more about our Group Fitness Schedule here. 

pilates classes

Fall Pilates Classes

Compliment your exercise routine with a Pilates session this fall! These classes emphasize strength and flexibility while using fluid muscle movements to correct and avoid muscular imbalance. Sculpt a lean physique and see great results. All classes will be held in the Pilates Studio. Classes are $120 for 4 sessions or $215 for 8 sessions. Contact John Beale at to register.

Pilates Reformer Groups

  • Tuesdays 7 AM with Justin
  • Tuesdays 7 PM with Joy
  • Wednesdays 9:30 AM with Joy
  • Thursdays 5:15 PM with Justin
  • Sundays 11 AM with Joy
  • Sundays 2 PM with Eileen

Pilates Force Fusion Class

  • Wednesdays 6 AM with Justin
  • Fridays 6 AM with Justin